Relief centres being cleared, roads are reopened

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Relief centres being cleared, roads are reopened

Postby admin » Wed Dec 10, 2008 4:37 am

KUANTAN: Evacuees have been leaving flood relief centres in affected states as the weather improves and water recedes.

They include 39 victims in Cherating. said a Pahang police operations room spokesman yesterday.

In Terengganu, a state security council spokesman said only 601 victims remained in relief centres in Kuala Terengganu and Kemaman. The 219 evacuees in Dungun and Marang have returned home.

He added that all roads had been reopened to all vehicles except for Jalan Nibong Pulau Nyior and Jalan Pengkalan Ajal Tengkawang in Hulu Terengganu, Jalan Tok KahLentang in Dungun, and Jalan CukaiAir Puteh and Jalan Air Putih from the 14th to 16th mile in Kemaman, all of which were still under water.

In Johor, the number of flood evacuees has dropped to 160 from 222 the day before.

Johor police Public Order and Traffic chief Supt T. Raveendran said there were still 14 victims in Muar, 82 in Kluang and 64 in Batu Pahat.

The Drainage and Irrigation Department website showed that the water levels of rivers in Johor were back to normal except for Sungai Muar in Kampung Awat which had a reading of 19.20m, above the danger level of 18.60m.

In Malacca, Chief Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam said flash floods would be controlled when the state’s ongoing flood-mitigation project was completed in 2010.

The project involved expenditure of RM128mil for flood-alleviation work in the town and RM90mil for the rural areas.

The work included construction of water catchment areas, and deepening and widening of rivers and monsoon drains, he told reporters after visiting flash flood victims in Taman Awan Biru in Alor Gajah yesterday.

More than 300 people from several areas in three districts were evacuated when their homes were inundated.

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